Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday Sermon: Cause And Effect


Sam Harris, is best known to Marcus for his debates, essays and thoughts on Religion and Philosophy.  These days I am a great proponent and supporter of his regular Making Sense Podcast.

This week it is a discussion with Judea Pearl

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Judea Pearl about his work on the mathematics of causality and artificial intelligence. They discuss how science has generally failed to understand causation, different levels of causal inference, counter-factuals, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of possibility, the illusion of free will, artificial intelligence, the nature of consciousness, and other topics.


You can listen to the episode here

As a bonus topically there is first a 15 minute prelude about the mass shootings at 
Dayton and El Paso.  Something had to be said and Sam delivers as usual

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNDvhFbMD0s


I think this is a superb way to spend 2 hours of your time on a Sunday.  And if you dig back one episode you will find a mind bendingly good discussion with Ricky Gervais,  Another episode that you really must give a listen.